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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Golden, Gail DREAM ON! Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
DREAM ON! is three multicultural folk tales presented story theatre style. The folk tales are all from library books and are about dreams and dreamers. Jump on your magic carpet and explore the wonderful world of dreamers! Two professional actor/storytellers tell the stories with lots of help from audience volunteers. The stories are from England, Denmark, and the USA.
$101- $200
Ichile-Mckenzie, Ongisa The Gigi Gumspoon Ubuntu Show! Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Gigi Gumspoon is a performance artist for young children. Her songs are catchy, upbeat, and progressive enough to appeal to grownups! Gigi promotes the African philosophy of “Ubuntu”, a sense of community and humanity. Her songs focus on social/emotional skills, such as sharing, listening to elders, and coping with disappointment. But she also sings about the alphabet, colors, and eating healthy foods. In her shows, Gigi fosters a love of literacy with the help of her puppet Dionte, Baba Anansi the spider, and her grumpy friend, King Meanie. She reads didactic tales from the magic griot book, and encourages the audience to have more “Ubuntu.” Fans of Gigi Gumspoon, called “Gumbabies”, will learn to not only love themselves, but each other. Once they hear and see The Gigi Gumspoon Show, kids of all ages are sure to become Gumbabies, too
$351- $500
Schotter, Roni You Too Can Be A Writer Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
I speak to children as fellow writers emphasizing the writing tips found in my book, NOTHING EVER HAPPENS ON 90TH STREET, but including others, i.e. THE BOY WHO LOVED WORDS, MAMA, I'LL GIVE YOU THE WORLD, ALL ABOUT GRANDMAS, and F IS FOR FREEDOM. I emphasize the pleasure I have in writing AND in re-writing. I show the entire process from my very rough drafts to galleys to the actual press sheet from the printing press. My aim is to communicate and make contagious the pleasure & power I get as a writer/detective, using my 5 senses to record the world.
$1001- $3000
Miller, Paul Just Paul Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Vaudeville style show that incorporates juggling, magic, physical comedy, and improvisation. Highly interactive and sure to keep audiences engaged from start to finish.
$351- $500
Carpenter, Regi Heroes Among Us History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
This program for adults recalls acts of valor and courage form ordinary individuals during times of war and peace.
$351- $500
Conrad, Bob Puppets, Puppets, Puppets History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
A Musical variety program of puppets of every type and size, hand puppets, rod puppets and marionettes. See frogs sing, Skeletons dance, and see Bob Conrad create puppets right before your eyes and bring them to life. Bob Conrad is the author/illustrator of The Puppetry Workshop Manual, Mouth Puppets, and several educational children's books; including Bob Conrad's Rain Forest Animals, Bob Conrad's Deep Sea Adventure, and Bob Conrad's Great Americans.
$201- $350
Rivest, Robert Literacy Alive! Lets Celebrate Reading! Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Literacy Alive is a quick moving fun-filled enrichment program that gets students of all ages excited about reading. Robert Rivest reveals the 'hidden treasures' of reading and comically illustrates and the joys of reading everyday. Robert's mastery of mime, theater and improvisation quickly engages children, offering crystal clear examples of: Plot, Character, Setting, Problem, Solution, Beginning, Middle, End, Comedy, and Drama. A fun way to learn!
$351- $500
Schaufler, Alison A Christmas Carol Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
This show will be running October 27 - December 21. A Christmas Carol (Recommended K-8th grade) Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is a story that is both timeless and universal. It is the delightful tale of the miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, and his clerk, Bob Cratchit. Through visits from the spirits of the season, Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas. In this charming tale, we hope to educate the students about the class system of Victorian England and encourage them to help others that are less fortunate than they are.
$351- $500
The Games Man, TREVOR The Outdoor Special Other,
Performing Arts- Other
TREVOR delights young and old on arrival, stiltwalking in at nearly 9' tall. We'll begin with some really High Fives just to get 'em jumping right from the start. Then gather around, everyone, it's time for The Aerial Delights: an up-in-the-air, 100% participatory extravaganza of tricks and skills featuring Wind Whistlers, Ribbon Dancers, the color-changing Chameleon Stick, and loads of laughter. And when he sits down and takes of his stilts, the audience is always interested in seeing how the stilts are constructed and answering their questions. The second half is always the games! Either Parachute Play of Active Running Games depending on the crowd and/or your preference. When everyone grabs ahold of the Rainbow Parachute, it's the thrill and excitement of over, under, around, and through! Or we'll just run 'em ragged with a whole flurry of highly active games that everybody wind and everyone has FUN no matter their ability level... even adults! (Check out Project: Ribbon Dancer for a great add-on craft project, too.)
$351- $500
Rogers, Robert Professor Pennywhistle and the Round the World Story Balloon Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
Imagine a magical balloon that knows when and how to touch down in the most exotic places right in the middle of a story, just at the most important moment. This is the invention of Professor Pennywhistle, whose curiosity and enthusiasm about exploring the world takes him - and us - to the most surprising places. It's a celebration of diversity - and more important - the common things that people share all around the globe. We'll visit the arid landscape of Africa, where the animals must remember the name of a tree that will drop its fruit only if they can shout it out loud; the Palace of the Emperor of China, who has lost his best friend - a nightingale - and doesn't know what to do; a little cottage in the woods of France, where an elderly woman learns the secret of a soup made from only a stone. And finally, we'll return to the good old U.S.A. and meet Pecos Bill, America's first cowboy, and help him lasso a wild tornado. We live in a big, wide, wonderful world, and Professor Pennywhistle is more than happy to be our tour guide.
$501- $1000
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